How to Make a Fabric Necklace

IMG_0681I’m often asked in the shop or at shows where I get my necklaces from. Well, I make them! And they are really easy to do, so I thought I would show you just how easy they are.

You’ll need :

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A fat quarter of fabric

6 polystyrene balls about 2 – 3cm in diameter

Matching thread

IMG_0656Measure around a polystyrene ball to get its circumference. In my case it was 6.5cm. Add on the seam allowances of  2cm. This gives you the width of the strips of fabric you need to cut as 8.5cm.

 

Cutting

Press and lay out the fabric so it’s nice and flat. If using several layers line them up so the selvedges are level.

IMG_0657I often find they are so quick and easy to do you can make several in one go by layering up the fabric and cutting 3 or 4 layers at a time.

IMG_0658Cut bias strips from the fat quarter the cutting width you need. Cut enough strips to sew together to make about 1m. In this case it was only 2 strips needed.

IMG_0659Sew the strips together by lining up the first strip with the right side up horizontally. Then place the second strip with the right side down, vertically over the end of the first strip.

IMG_0661Sew diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Trim down the seam to just under 1cm.

IMG_0662Then press the seam open and flat.

IMG_0664Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise with the right sides on the inside.

IMG_0665Sew a seam just under 1cm along the raw edges to create a tube. You don’t really need to pin,  you can use your fingers as pins to hold the layers together as you sew.

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Turn the tube the right way around. I’ve used a rouleau turner here but you could pin across one end and push it through with a pencil instead.

 

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Use the latch on the loop turner to poke through the folded edge of the fabric.
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As you pull the loop turner down into the tube the latch closes and brings the edge of the tube with it.
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A bias strip of Cumberland sausage

 

In the middle of the length of bias tube, tie a knot.

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Then thread a polystyrene ball down the tube until it hits the knot.

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Tie another knot keep the poly ball tight up against the first knot.

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Repeat so you have 3 balls one side of the centre knot.

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Then thread a poly ball and tie a knot on the other side of the centre knot. Repeat the process again so you have a central knot with 3 balls either side and 3 knots holding them in place.

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Cut the ends of the tube off so they are level.

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Tuck in the raw edges and slip stitch them closed. Give the ends a quick press to help them sit flat.

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Now you can tie the ends together to wear your necklace

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Happy Sewing!

5 thoughts on “How to Make a Fabric Necklace

  1. Thankyou for this. They’re brilliant.
    Like you I prefer a bit of subtlety but I do like a splash of colour
    I’ve loads of Liberty lawn that would be perfect for this.

  2. Thank you so much! I’m going to make these with my soon-to-be nine year old granddaughter…she loves making special somethings for her friends during the holidays! And we’ll have a great time together making! 🙂

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